Art from the shadows

Two British artists' experiments with light and assemblage are setting social media on fire.
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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, ‘Dirty White Trash (with gulls)’, 1998. Six months’ worth of artists’ trash, 2 taxidermy seagulls.

When French artist Jean Dubuffet coined the term ‘assemblage’ in the 1950s to describe artworks created by combining everyday objects, he was drawing on a rich tradition established early in the 20th century: the collages of cubists Picasso and Braques and Futurist sculptural works by Boccioni and Marinetti.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts